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4/14 | Nutrition and Immunity in pregnancy 

During pregnancy, healthy nutrition is more important than ever. In this group session, we address the food choices that will directly affect your baby’s growth, development and the way you feel. We will also discuss supplements and foods that can improve immunity at this critical time. A holistic nutritionist joins us for this discussion and offers some strategies for forming healthy habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. Facilitated by Sasha Yamnik, CNM, MS
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4/15 | Common discomforts in pregnancy

With all the hormonal and physiologic changes that occur throughout the pregnancy, many people will experience various discomforts as the body gets ready for the birth. In this session, you will learn what is in the realm of normal and how to ease the common discomforts that may arise. Discussion led by Talia Borgo, CNM, WHNP and Sasha Yamnik CNM
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4/21 | Stress reduction and sleep in pregnancy: Coping Mechanisms

Pregnancy and the early months of parenting often come with elevated feelings of stress, and yet we know through research that keeping stress levels down during pregnancy can positively impact birth outcomes. In this session, we will discuss various strategies for stress reduction with a special attention on ways of improving sleep. Discussion led by a holistic nutritionist Keri Brooks at and Allegra Lucas, LMFT at facilitated by Sasha Yamnik, CNM
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4/22 | Induction of Labor: What to Expect

We routinely recommend that individuals who have passed their due date (41 weeks) or have certain conditions (like gestational diabetes or chronic hypertension) have their labor induced. In this session, we'll discuss what an induction of labor may look like and certain scenarios where you might start your induction at home. Facilitated by Laura Weil, CNM, MPH and Kiersten Clickner RN.
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4/28 | Stages of Labor: What is labor? What can I expect? What can I do at home?

What is labor and how many stages are there? What do those stages look like and how do I know if it's safe to try and labor at home? What can I do to try and maximize the time I labor at home? In this session, we'll review labor and techniques you may use to help labor outside and inside the hospital. Facilitated by Becca Hess Amirault, CNM, WHNP with panelist Andrea 
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4/29 | Baby Friendly at UCSF: What are the benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be one of the best bonding experiences between a mother and baby, yet it can come with many challenges. In this session, you hear from a few experts in the field of lactation on what you can do to prepare for breast-feeding success right now and how UCSF supports breast-feeding in-and-outside of the hospital. The panelist also share techniques for reaching your breast-feeding goals while in the hospital and once you take your baby home. Guest panelists (all board certified lactation consultants): Jonnique Bell, RN, IBCLC (Assistant Nurse Manager), Carol Thomason, CNM, IBCLC (Co-lead of Baby-Friendly Initiative), Sarah Quigley, IBCLC, MA (Health Educator)
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5/6 | Sex, libido and contraception after delivery

An honest discussion on libido and sex during pregnancy and the postpartum period. One of our UCSF experts on sexual health, Dr. Tami Rowen, will join this webinar to give insight on this often overlooked but vital health topic. Additionally, we will explore options for hormonal and non-hormonal contraception, with specialized information for the breastfeeding period. Moderated by Kate Frometa, CNM with panelist Tami Rowen, MD, MS
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5/13 | Toxins in pregnancy: What can you do, what do we know?

We've all read about toxins in the environment. Which ones should we be most aware of and what affects may they have in pregnancy? In this webinar, we will hear one of our expert perinatologists, Dr. Marya Zlatnik, delve into this complex topic to share what we know and how can we can minimize these exposures for optimal health of the baby. Moderated Laura Weil, CNM with panelist Marya Zlatnik, MD
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5/19 | How to prepare a birth plan

Birth plans are a helpful way to express your preferences and desires for your birth and immediate postpartum period. This session will help you craft a birth plan, as well as answer questions about frequently requested birth plan items. We will also review recommended changes due to the pandemic as well as suggestions and ideas on how to use creative methods to benefit your birth experience and what might happen if things don’t go according to plan. 
Facilitated by Rebecca Hess Amirault, CNM with panelist Carolyn Phillips MD.
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5/20 | Bringing baby home: baby safety and care 

Bringing your baby home for the first time is a long anticipated moment for parents, who often feel both excited and nervous at the same time. In this session, we have invited pediatricians to discuss important safety recommendations and advice to care for your newborn in their first weeks of life. Moderated by Kate Frometa, CNM with panelists Faustine Ramirez, MD, and Jane Anderson, MD
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5/26 | Baby Friendly at UCSF Part II: Challenges of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be one of the most bonding experiences between a mother and baby, yet it can come with many challenges. In this follow-up session from Breastfeeding Part 1 (see recording 4/29/20). Panelists discuss how to tackle challenges of breastfeeding like mastitis and engorgement, and how to address difficulties in breastfeeding baby when you've transitioned home from the hospital. Moderated by Vanessa Tilp, CNM, with panelists Sarah Quigley, IBCLC and Carol Thomason, CNM/IBCLC

6/2 | The Birth Partner: A panel discussion for partners on pregnancy, labor and postpartum support

It can be hard to know how to help your pregnant partner during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Now, more then ever, birth partners are tasked with being your primary, and sometimes only, support person. This panel is meant for partners (family or friends) looking for ways to help support your pregnant person. We will talk about what works and what doesn't and how to keep you both connected to each other and your baby during these exciting but challenging times. Moderated by Rebecca Amirault, CNM at UCSF with panelist Serena Saeed Winn, CNM and founder of MOMumental.
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6/18 | Navigating Disability and Leave in Pregnancy

In this panel, we will talk to guest staff attorneys from the non-profit "Legal Aid at Work" to better understand the rights of pregnant people, new parents, and caregivers to time off work, paid leave, and workplace accommodations. Submit questions ahead of time and come prepared to to learn about navigating disability in California. Select link for the recording.

6/23 | Benefits of Physical Therapy in pregnancy and postpartum

If you're struggling from urinary incontinence after birth, working on healing diastasis recti or want to know more about the benefits of perineal massage prior to delivery, we're here to talk to you about the benefits of physical therapy. Joining for this discussion on getting your body prepared and the therapeutic healing after birth, is Elizabeth Miracle from Miracle Physical Therapy and future clinical director of Origin Physical Therapy. This webinar also includes an offering of therapeutic Yoga exercises led by a prenatal and postpartum yoga specialist Vaza at Moderated by Sasha Yamnik, CNM with panelists Elizabeth Miracle from Miracle Physical Therapy
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7/2 | The immediate postpartum period: What to expect in the hospital and the first few days at home

In this webinar, we discuss the immediate postpartum period with the nurses and discharge providers that will help you with this process. We will talk about what recovery and healing looks like in the first few days, the milestones we will be monitoring to ensure a safe discharge, and the resources we can provide you in the hospital. We also discuss outpatient resources for your transition home. Moderated by Talia Borgo, CNM with panelists Carol Thomason CNM, NP and Ingrid Maccarthy CNM, NP. Select the link for the recording.

7/7 | Meet the Midwives

Meet the UCSF Midwives: If you are planning a delivery at UCSF, chances are you will meet one of our midwives during the labor process. This webinar showcases the midwives who will help guide you through most of the birthing process, supervise the residents in labor and likely be a part of your delivery. This is a great opportunity to meet the midwives, learn about their roles and hear about midwife friendly practices. Panelists: UCSF Certified Nurse Midwives. Select link for the recording.

7/23 | Elective Inductions: What are they, what is the evidence, and is it right for you?

What is an electie induction and how can you decide if its right for you? Have you heard people talk about "The ARRIVE trial?" This webinar will discuss the the 2018 landmark study titled "Labor induction versus Expectant Management in Low Risk Nulliparous Women", otherwise known as the ARRIVE trial. We will review the evidence with one of our perinatologists, Dr. Melissa Rosenstein, discuss pros and cons, and help you decide if an elective induction is right for you. Moderated by Becca Amirault, CNM. Select link for the recording.

7/28 | Cesarean sections at UCSF: Indications, risks, and expectations for how to prepare

About 21% of first time moms at UCSF will need a C-section for their delivery at UCSF. What can happen before and during labor to necessitate a C-section? What are the risks of a C-section and what should you know about the experience before going through it? During this session, we speak to Dr. Diana Robles, a fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and one of our resident physicians, Dr. Margaret Carrasco Arias, to answer these questions. Moderated by Sheri Foote, CNM. Select link for the recording.

8/4 | Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension and Diabetes

Two of the most common medical complications that can arise in pregnancy- (1) hypertensive disorders including preeclampsia and (2) gestational diabetes, are discussed. We review risk factors, how we make the diagnosis, management in pregnancy, and things that you can do to decrease your personal risk for both. UCSF Midwife Kate Frometa and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Dr. Martha Tesfalul hope that this session will provide you with helpful insights into how we at UCSF will support you should either of these conditions arise in your pregnancy. Select link for the recording.


8/18 | Early Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage): Causes, Management and Next Steps

Between 10% to 30% of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage, although we rarely talk about it. This webinar explores causes of miscarriage, ways to manage it, and how to move forward after a miscarriage. Panelists: Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH, Heather Huddlestone, MD, Clinical Social Worker Melissa Whippo, LCSW. Moderated by: Laura Weil, CNM, MPH. Select link for the recording.


10/5 | What to expect during a visit to the Obstetrics Emergency Department (or Labor and Delivery Triage)

During your pregnancy, you may experience symptoms for which we recommend an evaluation in our Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED). What are different conditions that may bring to our OB ED? What can you expect from your visit and how long it will take? Who will evaluate you? Join our webinar to learn more about our OB ED and who you may meet along the way. Facilitated by Sasha Yamnik, CNM, MS. Select link for the recording.


10/27 | 12-1pm 

Genetic Testing in Pregnancy: What are the options and what is right for me?

At your pregnancy confirmation visit, your obstetric health care provider will talk to you about genetic testing available to look for chromosomal abnormalities, like Down Syndrome. In this session, we discuss the difference between screening tests (like non-invasive pregnancy testing/cell-free DNA and the California Sequential Integrated Screen) and diagnostic tests (like amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling), the accuracy of each, how to think through which one might be best for you, and what to expect if you decide to pursue diagnostic testing. Dr. Shilpa Chetty, a high-risk obstetrician who also specializes in perinatal genetics is joined with Allyson Scott, one of our Licensed Genetic Counselors at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center. Shilpa Chetty, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics, Medical Director, Perinatal Diagnosis Center & Allyson Scott, LCGC, MS, Licensed Genetic Counselor at the UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic Center. Moderated by Kate Frometa, CNM & Sasha Yamnik, CNM
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